Merchantville School District (07-3110)

Merchantville School District

Merchantville School is a one district school that lies at the physical and emotional heart of this historic town. It benefits from unusually high levels of community involvement. Parents, community members, teachers, students, and staff all take an active role in how the school operates and work to maintain and improve the quality of education offered. We recognize that every Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade student has individual needs and they all have strengths. Our goal is to meet these needs and see that every child develops to his or her fullest potential. In the Spring of 2015, Merchantville School won a ruling to start a send/receive relationship with Haddon Heights. We continue to work closely with Haddon Heights High School to ensure that our students are well prepared to meet their expectations. We will continue to phase in one grade level at a time into Haddon Heights High School until all high school students are enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year. Our district continues to be responsive to the educational and developmental needs of all students and educational personnel by providing an atmosphere in which every student can meet their individual potential.

The Merchantville Community continues to support the school in many different ways. In November 2014, the community overwhelming supported a bond-referendum that assisted the school in upgrading many of its facility needs including re-pointing, bathroom upgrades, technology upgrades, a new auditorium roof, site improvements, and electrical upgrades that provide the school with air-conditioning on the second floor. The active PTA, continues to be a prevalent part of the school providing students with various activities to participate in throughout the school year. In addition most recently, the PTA raised over $140,000 to purchase a new playground for the students on Merchantville. This playground was installed in October 2015. Also, alumni and others will often support the school financially with donations to assist the school. Thanks to a generous bequest from Merchantville residents Walter and Marie J. Carroll, Merchantville students enjoy enrichment activities that may not be offered in other schools. This year almost $33,000 will be spent for a visiting author to come to school, academic contests, day long and overnight field trips, an artist-in-residence program, assemblies, and a summer music program. The Marie J. Carroll Foundation also provides funds for college scholarships. This past year over $100,000 in scholarships, were given to our resident graduates in support of their post secondary education.